Malvern Minute – Wednesday
Malvern Minute

 

June 29, 2016 – Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul                                                       

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (mpoletunow@malvernretreat.com)

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Acts 12:1; 6-10

In those days, King Herod laid hands upon some members of the Church to harm them.

On the very night before Herod was to bring him to trial,
Peter, secured by double chains,
was sleeping between two soldiers,
while outside the door guards kept watch on the prison.
Suddenly the angel of the Lord stood by him
and a light shone in the cell.

He tapped Peter on the side and awakened him, saying,
“Get up quickly.”
The chains fell from his wrists.
The angel said to him, “Put on your belt and your sandals.”
He did so.
Then he said to him, “Put on your cloak and follow me.”
So he followed him out,
not realizing that what was happening through the angel was real;
he thought he was seeing a vision.
They passed the first guard, then the second,
and came to the iron gate leading out to the city,
which opened for them by itself.

Reflect: Today, we recognize two great disciples: Saints Peter and Paul. Peter and Paul are two pillars upon which Christ built the Church. Both were unlikely candidates – one seemingly blustering and unrefined; the other an avowed persecutor of the followers of Jesus. Nonetheless, Jesus chose them and entrusted them with a great responsibility of fostering the faith. In the reading from the Acts of the Apostles, we see Herod preparing to take Peter’s life as sport to entertain those who were stridently against the Christians.  Somehow, however, despite being chained, contained in a cell, guarded by a team of centurions and enclosed behind an iron gate, an angel is sent by God to free Peter from danger without consequence.  Peter was a man of tremendous faith; always believing that God was hearing his prayer and that Jesus was perpetually present.  How strong is our belief?  Peter and Paul were great men of deep faith, but they are also models for us. They trusted so that we might believe. God is with us still, and he wants to unleash us from whatever binds us and threatens to separate us from him.

Pray: Loving God, please send your angel to enter the prison in which I am confined, bound up and sentenced to death to set me free to live as your child, trusting in your love, in your protection and in your salvation. Amen.

WE BELIEVE, AND THEREFORE SPEAK (2 Corinthians 4:13)

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